Miss H North Head of Key Stage 4 Drama
Mrs K Wharnsby Head of Key Stage 3 Drama
‘What is Drama but life with all the dull bits cut out?’ - Alfred Hitchcock
The department is run by a lively and passionate team of specialists who are committed to keeping abreast of current theatre practice. Our ethos is to develop individuality; to encourage students to think and express themselves with flair and confidence, but also to encourage tolerance and understanding.
Students are given opportunities through practical and written drama activities to experience the world around them and begin to appreciate situations from more than one perspective. Through drama, we encourage students to question, challenge and ultimately change their perception of the world in which they live.
Key Stage 3
We will have you miming, learning, reading and writing scripts from Shakespeare to modern day. If you haven’t got any Drama experience, don’t worry, you’ll learn it all, starting with the basics leaving you well equipped to take on Drama at GCSE level.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Drama is fun, innovative and interesting. We follow the WJEC exam specification, which is a mix of 60% practical and 40% written work. Students will get the chance to explore texts practically and theoretically, looking at ‘Burning Monkey’ in Year 9 and ‘Face’ in Year 10 & 11 in preparation for their Unit 3 written exam, which is 20% of their overall grade.
Unit 1 is worth 60% and is a devised piece, we start this in the autumn term of Year 11 and explore practitioners such as ‘Brecht’ and ‘Frantic Assembly’ in Year 9 & 10 in preparation for this.
We also spend time working on acting skills in Year 9 & 10 in preparation for the Unit 2 Examination which is worth 20% of the overall grade. This is a performance from a text, where students learn lines from an extract of a play and perform to an examiner.
GCSE Drama is a popular course with a cohort of 153 students at KS4 in 2015/16.